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Smart Schools

The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.

Latest Information

Letter to the Superintendent of Schools

A complete list of all school district allocations is also available PDF ICON  (209KB)

Statement of Assurances for the Smart Schools Bond Act PDF Icon (59KB)

Smart Schools Investment Plan Process

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) Final Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) submission application is now available on the Business Portal.

Entitling Users to the SSIP on the Business Portal

A printable version of the SSIP application is now available.  PDF ICON  (27KB) REVISED

A presentation on accessing the SSIP through the Business Portal  Power Point ICON (1.49MB)
Note: After downloading the PowerPoint presentation, click on View, then Notes Page.

Steps to complete the SSIP through the Business Portal  PowerPoint ICON (5.6MB)

District SSIP Completion Flow Chart PDF Icon (188KB)

Guidance and FAQs

The FAQs are also available when viewing the SSIP in the Business Portal. Please choose the "Help" button on the top of your screen to view.

Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) Guidance PDF ICON (46KB) UPDATED

Smart Schools Bond Act - FAQs 7/16/15 PDF Icon (206KB)

Smart Schools Bond Act - FAQs 10/27/15PDF Icon (190KB) UPDATED

Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 Statute PDF Icon (130KB)

Updated SSBA Accounting Guidance FAQ

SUNY/CUNY Letter Template Document Icon (21KB)

Additional matching E-rate discount (up to 10%) for SSBA construction costExternal link

Connectivity Speed Requirement Waiver Form is now available.  NEW

Links to federal and State contracts for Classroom Educational Technology devices.

Special Education Information

Please refer to the Smart Schools Investment Plan Process section above for instructions on accessing the system, if needed. If you have any questions, please send an email to: smartschools@nysed.gov and we will assist you.

Presentations

10/27/15 Presentation to BOCES Partners on the Smart Schools Bond Act

Presentation to BOCES Partners and School District Representatives on High-Tech Security under SSBA

Program Offices

Office of Facilities Planning SSBA Information

Office of Educational Design and Technology

If you have questions about the SSBA, please contact us at: Smartschools@nysed.gov

The Office of Educational Management Services can be reached by phone at (518) 474-6541.

Last Updated: May 26, 2016